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The Holiday Fellowship House at Derwent Bank in the Lake District is situated on the north western shore of Derwent Water with the town of Keswick less than 2 miles away. 

The house, which has been offering 'breaks' for many years, has recently been extensively refurbished. The completed changes to the House are shown below.



Derwent Water

The lake is one of many bodies of water in the Lake District National Park. It occupies part of Borrowdale and lies to the south of Keswick. The lake, which is approximately 3 miles long and 1 mile wide, has a depth of 72 feet. The River Derwent both feeds and drains the lake.

There are several islands within the lake, one of which is inhabited and has a National Trust property there which is open to the public on five Sundays during the year.



Derwent Water is a place of considerable scenic interest, being surrounded by wooded fells, all with extensive networks of footpaths available to the public.  

A regular shuttle service of launches operates between the seven landing stages on the lake.                               

The Keswick to Borrowdale road runs alongside the eastern shore of the lake with a regular bus service.



 The Club has enjoyed two weekend breaks at Derwent Bank in the past 10 years, in 2011 & 2016. Dennis Neal

made all the arrangements on both occasions and as always, he managed to satisfy the many requirements of all those who attended - which is never an easy task. The accommodation and food are always good and the walks all went smoothly with no reports of leaders getting lost. If they did, it was kept quiet !!

The country dancing arranged for the evenings was led by Joe Stott who quickly had everyone in a happy mood - even those who claimed they couldn't dance. The quizzes followed later when everyone cheated and Dennis whispered the answers to those in ear-shot ( i.e. everyone). All very enjoyable.


It would be remiss not to mention that Dennis always considers those who enjoy a non-walking outing within the area on one of the days and the return journey home always included a stop at place of interest to everyone.

One slightly different aspect of the 2011 weekend was that one of our members, Martin Vincent, was anxious to use one of the days to 'bag' a few more Wainwrights,*so he offered to lead a walk which was part of the Buttermere Circuit. A  mini-van was arranged to transport a group of eight to a suitable starting point. The walk embraced seven Wainwrights which included Whiteless Pike,2159 feet, Scar Crags, 2205 feet, and finally Grassmoor at 2,791 feet. A day to remember!


*Wainwrights . 

These are the 214 English peaks which are all over 1000 feet high, described in Alfred Wainwright's seven- volume "Pictorial Guide to the Lakeland Fells". They all lie within the Lake District National Park.



From the Archives .....Saturday, 9th April, 2011

 Cat Bells 











                                                                                                 Starting out                                                                                                                      











Getting much steeper                                                                              Elevenses

Wonderful views 


Martin Vincent's Wainwright's Walk - Sunday, 10th April 2011

 10.30 am. All ready to leave Newlands Hause, except for George Gatt who had already set off !! 

We reach the first summit at Knott Rigg, 1824 feet. George has re-appeared! 


 Looking down on the ridge of Whiteless Pike from Grassmoor

Highest point of the day at the summit of Grassmoor at 2,795 feet. 

Our leader Martin 'Alfred' Vincent looks back and reflects on a memorable day's walking.


 Enjoying a well-earned drink back at Derwent Bank. 

 April 2016

 Panoramic view from Surprise View.

 Group near Surprise View.

Causey Pike from the side. 

 Group on the lower part of Causey Pike.



 Alan & Jane on the summit of Causey Pike at 2090 feet.